I'm in the process of combining two of my books - this one, 'Seeking Serendipity' and 'A Miscellany of Meme-oirs'.
I don't want to lose any of my much-appreciated readers, so I'm leaving these collections here just for now. I'm hoping you will move your deeply appreciated support over to my new combined collection. For now I'm calling it
I hope you'll visit and enjoy the developing merger - some are old faithfuls (edited somewhat), and new ones are being created, and tinkered with.
I'm feeling good about this 'merger' - hope you agree!
The 'serendipity strategies' include varying one's routines, relaxing one's boundaries, being observant, making mental space, drawing on previous experiences and seizing opportunities.
Dr. Stephann Makri
Dr Makri, who has been researching the phenomenon of serendipity since 2010, adds:
"It is somewhat paradoxical that we might try to 'seek' serendipity; after all, this is a phenomenon that involves unexpected circumstances and therefore an element of luck. However, as Louis Pasteur famously stated, 'luck favours the prepared mind' - we can certainly make sure our mind is open to experience serendipity and prepared to notice it when it happens. We can also influence serendipity by ensuring that we take actions to seize the serendipitous opportunities that present themselves."
Apart from having a great love of the word 'serendipity', I was inspired when I went researching and found the quote above. 'Serendipity Strategies' has captured my heart and my imagination more strongly than I could have imagined. And yet, it's so true to much that has happened to my husband and I in our half decade of married life. Fascinating when I think how many Life lessons have come about in most unexpected ways.
'Hands on' experience is certainly invaluable... but developing 'serendipity strategies' most certainly requires total 'heart and spirit on' experience, in order to be successful. And so I was inspired to share some of our most seriously serendipitous learning curves.
“There will be a few times in your life when all your instincts will tell you to do something, something that defies logic, upsets your plans, and may seem crazy to others. When that happens, you do it. Listen to your instincts and ignore everything else. Ignore logic, ignore the odds, ignore the complications, and just go for it.”
- Judith McNaught ‘Remember When’
How appropriate that this quote comes from a book called 'Remember When'
One of these times happened when we had only been married a few years, and led to us becoming farmers for the rest of our working lives (and several retirement years so far, as well). Against all advice, all odds, we chose to leave the city and pursue our dream of working towards our own farm some distant day.
We did listen to our instincts, defied so-called ‘good sense’ and took up the challenge. This success taught us to do this every time in the future when decisions loomed. Serendipity called that time in the guise of a friend who needed a couple of willing hands for a couple of years - cheerfully coinciding with a time when the call of the country was loud in our ears and hearts... and all things were possible in our imaginations.